For anyone who has perused my website, you’ll know that I’m not a big fan long distance running, or jogging. From my point of view, jogging is an example of an exercise that only foolish man with his big brain could come up with. It is not a natural exercise, but rather one that man fools himself into thinking is a good idea. No other animal in nature jogs. Animals either walk wherever they want to go, or sprint as fast as they can to catch (or to avoid becoming) food. You’ll never see a bear or lion jogging around a fitness track, that’s for sure. They have too much common sense for that.
So, If I’m not a fan of jogging, what am I a fan off? In a word SPRINTS. Or, more specifically, HILL SPRINTS.
Hill Sprints are one of the exercises I cover in new eBook “Functional Fitness – Natural Bodyweight Exercises for Men and Women”. NFL superstars such as Walter Payton and Marcus Allen have used them to build explosive speed, power, and (take a special not here) endurance. Other athletes use them as well, including speed skaters and wrestlers.
How do you perform a Hill Sprint?
Well, first you want to find a Hill with an easy gradient. You don’t want anything too steep. Now, start at the bottom and sprint AS FAST AS YOU CAN for a maximum of 30 seconds. Once your reach the top, turn around and walk down the hill and catch your breath. Once you’re at the bottom, sprint again. Do this 5 times, if you can. Trust me when I say this, the workout you’ll get from this IS FAR SUPERIOR to anything you’ll get with jogging. Your lungs will feel like they’re on fire, your blood will be racing through your veins, and you’ll experience a “Runners High” unlike any you’ve had in the past.
One of the biggest advantages of these kinds of sprints is that they flood your body with natural Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Human Growth Hormone is the fitness and anti-aging hormone. It is used to build your body up. Many bodybuilders and anti-aging types frequently take artificial injections of HGH in order to tone up and build muscle. The poor fools. Hill Sprints can increase natural HGH production by as much as 530%! What’s more, the HGH levels will remain elevated for 1.5 to 2 hours after the sprints are done. This means your body will be in an elevated fat burning state for that period. Your just don’t get this with jogging. In essence, sprints build your body up (take a look at the powerful physiques of Olympic Sprinters for examples of this), whereas long distance running tears it down. There’s just no comparison.
I remember the first time I did a Hill Sprint. I was still in my jogging phase, but I’d read about the Hill Sprints, and I wanted to try them out.
I got up early one morning and went to a Hill close by. I had to get up early as I live in the city, and I wanted the Hill that I used (which was a road) to be fairly traffic free. I remember standing at the base of this mild hill thinking, “I’ll do 5 of these, and then go back home and do the rest of my bodyweight exercises. Shouldn’t be too hard!”
Was I in for a shock.
After the first sprint, I was almost done. I was gasping for air and my legs were absolutely burning. I walked down the Hill, and did it again. This time, I only sprinted for half the distance, and I was done. I nearly threw up into some poor persons Rose garden! I couldn’t believe it. I staggered back home and laid down on my bed for the next hour. No bodyweight exercises for me that day! One and a half sprints and I was done. Amazing.
Just one further point for all of you joggers out there. If you insist on jogging, feel free. However, you might want to consider at least mixing in some Hill Sprints. I remember when I was training for a run once. I was making great progress following this program, but then my knees started to bother me. In essence, I was 3/4 of the way through my training program, and I couldn’t train anymore! Very frustrating. As I said before, running breaks your body down. Anyway, I didn’t know it at the time, but I bet if I had switched my training to Hill Sprints, I could have kept training and actually IMPROVE my running times.
Believe it or not, I’ve known of some people who have DRAMATICALLY increased their marathon times by focusing on Sprinting. Trust me on this. Sprints build your body up, running tears it down.
My Bodyweight Exercises Workout Log
Shame on me. I again skipped my morning bodyweight exercises routine. However, I still dragged my sorry ass to Yoga at night. Like I’ve said before, you don’t need to do EVERYTHING everyday, just do SOMETHING.
In Tomorrow’s Bodyweight Exercises Blog
Well, it won’t be tomorrow, as I’m not planning on blogging on the weekend. Still, in Monday’s post I’m planning on talking about aging and metabolism. Are you condemned to a slowing metabolism s you age, and are they related? Tune in Monday to find out.
Have a great weekend!